ATTN: CCSAI Tax Clinic clients who are international students
Have you received a notice from the Canada Revenue Agency’s GST Credit or Ontario Trillium Benefit departments stating the following?
-WE CANNOT CALCULATE THE AMOUNT YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FOR ALL PERIODS BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION. IF YOU PROVIDE THE INFORMATION WE ASK FOR IN THE DETAILED EXPLANATION SECTION, WE WILL PROCESS IT AND LET YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE ENTITLED.
This is a common request from the Canada Revenue Agency; they would like to confirm the information provided on your tax return for the year you came to Canada.
They request this information (written letter) when someone files an income tax return in Canada for the first time and is entitled to the benefits. In future years this will should not be requested.
Complete the instruction below as soon as possible to resolve their request.
Write the Canada Revenue Agency a brief letter stating 2 things:
Whether or not you had any world income prior to coming to Canada in the year you came to Canada. (ei.) Income from employment. If you did not have income prior to coming to Canada, please just state this in the letter. IF YOU DID HAVE INCOME, CONVERT IT TO CANADIAN DOLLARS.
Include in the letter the date you came to Canada along with a photocopy of the stamped page for your entry to Canada in your passport. Send the photocopy of the letter you received from the GST Credit or the Ontario Trillium Benefit along with your letter and the photocopy of your passport entry page.
Mail the letter to:
ATTN: GST CREDIT/ONTARIO TRILLIUM BENEFIT
Canada Revenue Agency
1050 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury ON P3A 5C2
Once you have mailed the letter please call the CRA three to four weeks later to confirm they have receive your letter and inquire when you will receive your first payment.
Please call them at 1-800-959-1953 and have a copy of your return on hand as they will ask you questions from your most recent return to confirm your identity.